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  • Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show Kicks Off Today In Las Vegas

    The Sports Licensing & Tailgate Show, the nation's last dedicated sports licensing trade exposition, opens in Las Vegas today with what organizers say is a slight uptick in business. Noting the synergy between tailgating and sports licensed products, ShowProCo organizers combined the two markets into a show several years back. Show organizer Stanley Schwartz said both revenue and booth count are up from 380 to 400 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, where the show moved this year from its former location at the Sands Expo & Convention Center, which is about 20% larger. The show is expected to attract upward of 5,000 people in its three-day run, about on par with last year, Schwartz said. While the number of licensors has dwindled over the years, those remaining with booths include MLS, IMG College and the Collegiate Licensed Properties Association. Most of the leagues will be sending representatives to the show, but are not renting space. Top licensees include G-III Apparel and Northwest. New this year is a program under which industry members voted online for the best licensed-product retailer in every state. Winners got a trip to Las Vegas for the show and their Rising Star Retailer Awards will be presented at a breakfast tomorrow.

    Winners Of The Best Licensed-Product Retailer
    Campus Spirit
    J&J Trading Post
    Excalibur Sports
    Husker Hounds
    Sports Magick
    Uniform Sports and
    Front Row Sports
    Univ. of Arkansas Hog Heaven
    New Hampshire
    National Tailgate
    New Jersey
    Lip Smackin Smokers
    Big 5 Sporting Goods
    New Mexico
    Krystal's NFL Shoppe
    Connecticut Olympia Sports New York Cooperstown Cookie Co.
    Delaware Modell's North Carolina Chapel Hill Sportswear
    Florida College Corners North Dakota Pro Image
    Georgia Field of Dreams Northpoint Ohio Justice Stores
    Hawaii Star Trade Inc. Oklahoma
    Idaho Premier Performance Products Oregon Portland Beavers
    Illinois Wrigleyville Sports Pennsylvania Giant Eagle #10
    Indiana All Stars Rhode Island Aah! La Cart
    Iowa Locker Room Legends South Carolina Mr. Knickerbocker
    Kansas Sports Time Fun Shop South Dakota Lynn's Dakotamart
    Kentucky Cardboard Heroes Inc. Tennessee Sports Seasons-Nashville
    Louisiana Louisiana Tech Univ. Bookstore Texas Academy Sports & Outdoors
    Maine Old Orchard Beach Baseball
    Card and Sport Shop
    Utah Fanzz
    Maryland Hall of Fame Cards Vermont Jim's Sports
    Massachusetts Virginia B&C Sports Collectibles
    Michigan Washington The Dawg Den
    Minnesota Goldy's Locker Room
    (Gold Country)
    West Virginia
    Mississippi Hibbert Sporting Goods Wisconsin Green & Gold Zone
    Missouri Sports NUTZ of Clinton Wyoming Univ. of Wyoming Bookstore

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